Former Leeds United player Neil Aspin slams how club has been run

Elland Road East Stand

A player who knows Leeds United very well has given his honest assessment of the club.

Former Leeds United defender Neil Aspin has been speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about his time at the club and his thoughts on their more recent history.

Aspin played 207 times for Leeds from 1982 to 1989 and he explained that he was a Whites supporter from the time they played Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup final.

From then on “it was always Leeds,” the 50-year-old said, but it was his assessment of the most recent goings-on at Elland Road that make for particularly interesting reading.

Leeds have been through quite a lot both on the field and off it in recent times, and at the end of a campaign that has seen three different managers in charge – and ongoing doubts over the future of the current one Neil Redfearn – there are still more questions than answers.

Despite that, the number of exciting young players coming through the ranks at Elland Road suggests the future is bright. But that will only be the case if things are done well in the boardroom.

“Since I have left, I have looked at Leeds in a slightly different light as the way it has been run over the years has been absolutely diabolical,” Aspin said.

“The fans are tremendous, but other things leave a lot to be desired. The fans are the one good thing, the only thing, that they have going for them, some would say.”

That is a damning indictment of the club and it will be interesting to see what happens this summer and, more importantly, next season, when, with stability, boardroom support and a bit of luck, they could yet earn promotion back to the Premier League.

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